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Curr Oncol ; 27(3): e313-e317, 2020 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1024671

ABSTRACT

Background: The emergence of covid-19 has the potential to change the way in which the health care system can accommodate various patient populations and might affect patients with non-covid-19 problems. The Quebec Lung Cancer Network, which oversees thoracic oncology services in the province of Quebec under the direction of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, convened to develop recommendations to deal with the potential disruption of services in thoracic oncology in the province of Quebec. The summary provided here has been adapted from the original document posted on the Programme québécois du cancer Web site at: https://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/professionnels/documents/coronavirus-2019-ncov/PJ1_Recommandations_oncologie-thoracique-200415.pdf. Methods: Plans to optimize the health care system and potentially to prioritize services were discussed with respect to various levels of activity. For each level-of-activity scenario, suggestions were made for the services and treatments to prioritize and for those that might have to be postponed, as well as for potential alternatives to care. Results: The principal recommendation is that the cancer centre executive committee and the multidisciplinary tumour board always try to find a solution to maintain standard-of-care therapy for all patients with thoracic tumours, using novel approaches to treatment and the adoption of a network approach to care, as needed. Conclusions: The effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the health care system remains unpredictable and requires that cancer teams unite and offer the most efficient and innovative therapies to all patients under the various conditions that might be forced upon them.


Subject(s)
Antineoplastic Agents/administration & dosage , Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung/therapy , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Lung Neoplasms/therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Radiotherapy , Small Cell Lung Carcinoma/therapy , Thoracic Surgical Procedures , Triage , Administration, Oral , Antineoplastic Agents/therapeutic use , Betacoronavirus , Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung/diagnosis , Disease Management , Humans , Lung Neoplasms/diagnosis , Mediastinoscopy , Medical Oncology , Molecular Diagnostic Techniques , Neoplasm Staging , Pandemics , Quebec/epidemiology , Radiosurgery , Small Cell Lung Carcinoma/diagnosis , Thoracoscopy
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Health Promot Chronic Dis Prev Can ; 40(11-12): 336-341, 2020 12 09.
Article in English, French | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1022346

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION: Research has shown that during the 2003 SARS pandemic, emergency department (ED) visits among the pediatric population decreased. We set out to investigate if this was also true for injury-related ED visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: Using data from the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP), we looked at 28 years of injury-related ED visits at the Montreal Children's Hospital, a provincially designated Pediatric Trauma Centre. We compared data from a two-month period during the COVID-19 lockdown (16 March to 15 May) to the same period in previous years (1993-2019) to determine whether the 2020 decrease in ED visit numbers was unprecedented (i.e. a similar decrease had never occurred) for different age groups, nature of injuries, mechanisms and severity. RESULTS: The 2020 decrease was unprecedented across all age groups between 1993 and 2019. When compared with the 2015 to 2019 average, the decrease was smallest in children aged 2 to 5 years (a 35% decrease), and greatest in the group aged 12 to 17 years (83%). Motor vehicle collisions and sports-related injuries practically vanished during the COVID-19 lockdown. Surprisingly, more children aged 6 to 17 years presented with less urgent injuries during the COVID-19 lockdown than in previous years. CONCLUSION: As was the case with SARS in 2003, COVID-19 acted as a deterrent for pediatric ED visits. The lockdown in particular had a profound impact on injury-related visits. The de-confinement period will be monitored to determine the impact in both the short and the long term.


Subject(s)
/epidemiology , Emergency Service, Hospital/statistics & numerical data , Wounds and Injuries/epidemiology , Accidents, Traffic/statistics & numerical data , Adolescent , Athletic Injuries/epidemiology , Child , Child, Preschool , Female , Hospitals, Pediatric/statistics & numerical data , Humans , Infant , Infant, Newborn , Male , Protective Factors , Quebec/epidemiology , Wounds and Injuries/etiology
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Can J Public Health ; 111(6): 912-920, 2020 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-966308

ABSTRACT

Over the past few months, our fellow citizens have heard more about public health than ever before. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has shed light on the vital role played by public health for health protection and provided telling evidence about current public health capacity as well as the corrective measures to be taken and milestones to be achieved in the future. To this end, we identify several ways forward to re-empower public health in Québec and thus ensure that it can significantly contribute to population health. In particular, we propose that although reforms must continue to bolster health protection, substantial efforts are required to strengthen surveillance systems, prevention systems, health promotion systems, and accessible, effective, and overarching primary care systems.


Subject(s)
/epidemiology , Pandemics , Population Health , Public Health , Data Analysis , Health Promotion , Humans , Leadership , Population Surveillance , Primary Health Care , Quebec/epidemiology
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PLoS One ; 15(10): e0240778, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-883686

ABSTRACT

Random population-based surveys to estimate prevalence of SARS-CoV2 infection causing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are useful to understand distributions and predictors of the infection. In April 2020, the first-ever nationally representative survey in Canada polled 4,240 adults age 18 years and older about self-reported COVID experience in March, early in the epidemic. We examined the levels and predictors of COVID symptoms, defined as fever plus difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, dry cough so severe that it disrupts sleep, and/or loss of sense of smell; and testing for SARS-CoV-2 by respondents and/or household members. About 8% of Canadians reported that they and/or one or more household members experienced COVID symptoms. Symptoms were more common in younger than in older adults, and among visible minorities. Overall, only 3% of respondents and/or household members reported testing for SARS-CoV-2. Being tested was associated with having COVID symptoms, Indigenous identity, and living in Quebec. Periodic nationally representative surveys of symptoms, as well as SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, are required in many countries to understand the pandemic and prepare for the future.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus/genetics , Clinical Laboratory Techniques , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Health Surveys/methods , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Self Report , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Family Characteristics , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Prevalence , Quebec/epidemiology , Young Adult
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Am J Infect Control ; 49(1): 120-122, 2021 Jan.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-726382

ABSTRACT

Several countries have undertaken social distancing measures to stop SARS-CoV-2 spread. Asymptomatic carriers' prevalence is unknown and would provide essential information on hidden viral circulation. In our cross-sectional study, 1.82% of 330 asymptomatic confined individuals living in the community carried SARS-CoV-2 despite no contact with declared cases, raising concerns about unnoticed transmission.


Subject(s)
/epidemiology , Carrier State/epidemiology , Adult , Aged , Attitude to Health , /transmission , Carrier State/prevention & control , Carrier State/transmission , Communicable Disease Control , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Prevalence , Quebec/epidemiology , Young Adult
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Ann Surg ; 272(2): e125-e128, 2020 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-706789

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: In the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conduct of elective cancer surgery has become an issue because of the need to balance the requirement to treat patients with the possibility of transmission of the virus by asymptomatic carriers. A particular concern is the potential for viral transmission by way of aerosol which may be generated during perioperative care. There are currently no guidelines for the conduct of elective lung resection surgery in this context. METHODS: A working group composed of 1 thoracic surgeon, 2 anesthesiologists and 1 critical care specialist assessed the risk for aerosol during lung resection surgery and proposed steps for mitigation. After external review, a final draft was approved by the Committee for the Governance of Perioperative and Surgical Activities of the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, in Montreal, Canada. RESULTS: The working group divided the risk for aerosol into 6 time-points: (1) intubation and extubation; (2) Lung isolation and patient positioning; (3) access to the chest; (4) conduct of the surgical procedure; (5) procedure termination and lung re-expansion; (6) chest drainage. Mitigating strategies were proposed for each time-point. CONCLUSIONS: The situation with COVID-19 is an opportunity to re-evaluate operating room protocols both for the purposes of this pandemic and similar situations in the future. In the context of lung resection surgery, specific time points during the procedure seem to pose specific risks for the genesis of aerosol and thus should be the focus of attention.


Subject(s)
Aerosols/adverse effects , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Equipment Contamination/prevention & control , Infection Control/standards , Lung Neoplasms/surgery , Operating Rooms , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pulmonary Surgical Procedures/standards , Betacoronavirus , Elective Surgical Procedures , Humans , Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional/prevention & control , Pandemics , Personal Protective Equipment , Quebec/epidemiology
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Can J Public Health ; 111(4): 477-479, 2020 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-658764

ABSTRACT

To promote the population's adherence to COVID-19 public health preventive measures, the Quebec (Canada) government solicited the assistance of local music artists. This commentary aims to demonstrate how music has been utilized to communicate the public health recommendations relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and to discuss the relevance of using music in this context, as supported by research. More specifically, music is discussed in terms of its powerful capacity to reach out to a large population pool; to capture the population's attention quickly and massively in spite of age, language, or cultural barriers; to effectively communicate messages; and to affect individuals' behaviours. In this regard, the current COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates how music can be utilized as a communication tool and offers an interesting perspective for the consideration of music in future public health research.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Health Communication/methods , Music , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Public Health , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Humans , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Quebec/epidemiology
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Curr Oncol ; 27(3): e313-e317, 2020 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-646169

ABSTRACT

Background: The emergence of covid-19 has the potential to change the way in which the health care system can accommodate various patient populations and might affect patients with non-covid-19 problems. The Quebec Lung Cancer Network, which oversees thoracic oncology services in the province of Quebec under the direction of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, convened to develop recommendations to deal with the potential disruption of services in thoracic oncology in the province of Quebec. The summary provided here has been adapted from the original document posted on the Programme québécois du cancer Web site at: https://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/professionnels/documents/coronavirus-2019-ncov/PJ1_Recommandations_oncologie-thoracique-200415.pdf. Methods: Plans to optimize the health care system and potentially to prioritize services were discussed with respect to various levels of activity. For each level-of-activity scenario, suggestions were made for the services and treatments to prioritize and for those that might have to be postponed, as well as for potential alternatives to care. Results: The principal recommendation is that the cancer centre executive committee and the multidisciplinary tumour board always try to find a solution to maintain standard-of-care therapy for all patients with thoracic tumours, using novel approaches to treatment and the adoption of a network approach to care, as needed. Conclusions: The effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the health care system remains unpredictable and requires that cancer teams unite and offer the most efficient and innovative therapies to all patients under the various conditions that might be forced upon them.


Subject(s)
Antineoplastic Agents/administration & dosage , Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung/therapy , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Lung Neoplasms/therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Radiotherapy , Small Cell Lung Carcinoma/therapy , Thoracic Surgical Procedures , Triage , Administration, Oral , Antineoplastic Agents/therapeutic use , Betacoronavirus , Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung/diagnosis , Disease Management , Humans , Lung Neoplasms/diagnosis , Mediastinoscopy , Medical Oncology , Molecular Diagnostic Techniques , Neoplasm Staging , Pandemics , Quebec/epidemiology , Radiosurgery , Small Cell Lung Carcinoma/diagnosis , Thoracoscopy
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Glob Public Health ; 15(11): 1603-1616, 2020 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-381937

ABSTRACT

While access to healthcare for permanent residents in Canada is well known, this is not the case for migrants without healthcare coverage. This is the first large-scale study that examines the unmet healthcare needs of migrants without healthcare coverage in Montreal. 806 participants were recruited: 436 in the community and 370 at the NGO clinic. Proportions of individuals reporting unmet healthcare needs were similar (68.4% vs. 69.8%). The main reason invoked for these unmet needs was lacking money (80.6%). Situations of not working or studying, not having had enough food in the past 12 months, not having a medical prescription to get medication and having had a workplace injury were all significantly associated with higher odds of having unmet healthcare needs. Unmet healthcare needs were more frequent among migrants without healthcare coverage than among recent immigrants or the citizens with health healthcare coverage (69%, 26%, 16%). Canada must take measures to enable these individuals to have access to healthcare according to their needs in order to reduce the risk of worsening their health status, something that may have an impact on the healthcare system and population health. The Government of Quebec announced that all individuals without any healthcare coverage will have access to COVID-19 related health care. We hope that this right, the application of which is not yet obvious, can continue after the pandemic for all health care.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Health Services Accessibility , Health Services Needs and Demand , Medically Uninsured , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , Transients and Migrants , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Betacoronavirus , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Quebec/epidemiology , Universal Health Insurance
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